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General Course Information for ENG375: Nature Writing

Course: ENG375 - Nature Writing
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to:

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: An advanced course for students interested in using writing as a means of exploring the natural world. This course surveys nature writing in its various forms (essays, articles, poetry, journals, etc.) as well as effective nature writing strategies.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Write critically and creatively about nature.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reading strategies and apply them to their own writing.
  • Develop proficiency in editing and revising both their own and other students' work.
  • Write an insightful essay, revise and edit it for clarity and style, and submit a finished work suitable for publication.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze their own work critically and employ revision strategies to improve it
  • Critique the writing of others and offer constructive suggestions for improving it in a collegial setting
  • Critique the writing of others in a collegial setting and offer constructive suggestions for improving it to publishable quality.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of marginalized or oppositional voices in the evolution of the literary tradition and literary history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret works of literature in the context of generic conventions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of major critical approaches to the interpretation of literature.
  • Discuss the basic conventions of at least two different contemporary creative genres.
  • Produce a significant project of publishable quality in one genre.
  • Produce completed works of publishable quality in those genres.
  • Produce polished, completed works in two of the genres studied in the program (fiction, poetry, screenwriting)
  • Produce polished, completed works in two of the genres studied in the program (fiction, poetry, screenwriting).
  • Read their own work critically and employ revision strategies to improve it to publishable standards.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures